Bible: Mark 2:13-22

The Call of Levi; Eating with Sinners

2:13 Jesus 1  went out again by the sea. The whole crowd came to him, and he taught them. 2:14 As he went along, he saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax booth. 2 Follow me,” he said to him. And he got up and followed him. 2:15 As Jesus 3  was having a meal 4  in Levi’s 5  home, many tax collectors 6  and sinners were eating with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 2:16 When the experts in the law 7  and the Pharisees 8  saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners? 9  2:17 When Jesus heard this he said to them, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 10  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

The Superiority of the New

2:18 Now 11  John’s 12  disciples and the Pharisees 13  were fasting. 14  So 15  they came to Jesus 16  and said, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples don’t fast? 2:19 Jesus 17  said to them, “The wedding guests 18  cannot fast while the bridegroom 19  is with them, can they? 20  As long as they have the bridegroom with them they do not fast. 2:20 But the days are coming when the bridegroom will be taken from them, 21  and at that time 22  they will fast. 2:21 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear becomes worse. 2:22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins; 23  otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins will be destroyed. Instead new wine is poured into new wineskins.” 24 

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